If you are concerned about exposure to radiation from dental x-rays, you should know that a routine exam, which includes four bitewing x-rays, is equivalent to less than one day of natural background radiation or a short plane trip (1-2 hours). By properly shielding patients’ bodies while taking x-rays, the radiation exposure is even lower. New patients are encouraged to get posterior “bitewings,” which include molars and premolars, plus more extensive x-rays, such as panoramic (which create a single image of the entire mouth including upper and lower jaws) or periapical (which highlight two to three teeth at a time, from root to crown). After that, patients at low risk for decay can get bitewings every 24 to 36 months.
Our highly-skilled and trained professionals are more than willing to answer any questions you may have about exposure to radiation. To schedule an appointment, please call 9 WEST MAIN DENTAL at 508.867.2777. We’re located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield, where comfort, care, and convenience make the difference. Our professional dental team would be pleased to have you as a patient.
P.S. Digital x-rays involve even (significantly) less radiation exposure than film x-rays.